James Barnes (composer)

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James Charles Barnes (born (1949-09-09) September 9, 1949 (age 65) in Hobart, Oklahoma, U.S.) is an American composer.[1]

Barnes studied composition and music theory at the University of Kansas, earning a Bachelor of Music in 1974, and Master of Music in 1975. He studied conducting privately with Zuohuang Chen. Since 1977 he has been a professor of theory and composition at the University of Kansas, where he teaches orchestration and composition.[1]

Barnes is also a tubist and has performed with numerous professional organizations in the United States.[1]

His numerous compositions are frequently played in America, Europe, Japan, Taiwan and Australia. The Japanese concert band Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra has produced 3 CDs to date with works of James Barnes.

He has twice received the American Bandmasters Association Ostwald Award for contemporary wind band music.[2][3][4]

Works[edit]

Works for concert band[edit]

  • A Solemn Prelude for Symphonic Band. Op. 114
  • A Light in the Wilderness
  • A Very American Overture
  • All Pleasant Things - commissioned by the Northshore Concert Band
  • Alvamar Overture
  • Autumn Soliloquy for Oboe and concert band
  • Appalachian Overture
  • Arioso For Symphonic Band
  • Beautiful Oregon
  • Breckenridge
  • Brookshire Suite
  • Caribbean Hideaway
  • Carnaval in São Paulo
  • Centennial Celebration Overture
  • Century Tower Overture
  • Chorale and Jubiloso
  • Chorale Prelude on a German Folk Tune Op. 61
  • Concerto for Tuba and Wind Band
  • Crossgate
  • Danza Sinfonica
  • Desperate Pursuit
  • Dream Journey, Op.98 (a Tone Poem for Symphonic Band)
  • Dreamers...
  • Doctor Who
  • Duo Concertante, Op. 74
  • Eaglecrest
  • Eagle Bend Overture for Band
  • Eisenhower Centennial March[5]
  • Fanfares and Alleluias
  • Fantasy Variations on a Theme by Nicolo Paganini
  • Festival Concert March
  • Festive Music for Singapore
  • Foxfire Overture for Symphonic Band
  • German Folk Tune
  • Golden Brass
  • Golden Festival Overture Op. 95
  • Heatherwood Portrait
  • High Plains Overture
  • Hobart Centennial March
  • Hunter Park
  • Inspiration Point
  • Inventions On Marching Songs
  • Invocation and Toccata[6]
  • Impressions of Japan
  • Jubilation Overture
  • Legend
  • Lonely Beach Normandy 1944
  • Long Gray Line
  • Maracas from Caracas
  • March Kawasaki
  • Meadowlark, A Pastorale
  • Medicine Lodge
  • Mojaves Claves
  • Music from "Girl Crazy" by George Gershwin
  • Nulli Secundus March
  • Omaggio
  • Pagan Dances
    1. Ritual
    2. Mystics
    3. The Master of the Sword
  • Poetic Intermezzo
  • Rapscallion
  • Rhapsodic Essay; Gathering of Eagles
  • Riverfest
  • Romanza
  • Spitfire Overture
  • Stone Meadows
  • Sunflower Saga
  • Symphonic Overture
  • The Old Guard
  • The Pershing Rifles
  • The Silver Gazebo
  • The Texans
  • Toccata Fantastica
  • Torch Dance
  • Trailridge Saga
  • Trail of Tears
  • Trumpets and Drums
  • Twin Oaks Overture for Band
  • Valor
  • Variations on a Moravian Hymn
  • Visions Macabres
  • Westport Overture
  • Westridge Overture
  • Wild Blue Yonder
  • Wildwood Overture
  • Yama Midori (Green Mountains)
  • Yorkshire Ballad[7]

Symphonies[edit]

  • Second Symphony Op. 44
  • 1994 Third Symphony - "The Tragic" Op. 89
    1. Lento - Allegro ritomoco
    2. Scherzo
    3. Fantasia - Mesto (for Natalie)
    4. Finale - Allegro giocoso
  • Fourth Symphony "Yellowstone Portraits" Op. 103b
    1. Dawn on the Yellowstone River
    2. Pronghorn Scherzo
    3. Inspiration Point (Tower Falls)
  • Fifth Symphony "Phoenix" Op. 110
  • Sixth Symphony Op. 130 (written for the Lake Braddock High School Symphonic Band)
  • Seventh Symphony (Symphonic Requiem) Op. 135

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